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New York City Jail: $275,000 Settlement in Prisoner-on-Prisoner Assault

The City of New York paid $275,000 to settle a prisoner’s lawsuit claiming he sustained serious injuries as a result of a guard’s negligence.

The suit was filed by Ryan Scott, who was incarcerated at the George R. Vierno Center on Rikers Island on October 17, 2006. Scott claimed that he was attacked by prisoner Gilbert Carrion in retaliation for having previously intervened in Carrion’s assault on another prisoner.
Despite the earlier assault, Scott’s intervention and Carrion’s propensity for violence – which was evidenced by his in-dictment for attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault with a deadly weapon – Carrion was allowed to remain in the cellblock with Scott. Moreover, prison officials returned Carrion’s walking cane after the earlier assault.

The attack on Scott occurred in the presence of guards. Carrion struck Scott several times with his cane on October 17, causing head trauma, a nasal bone fracture, facial injuries and lacerations to Scott’s right eye and scalp that required sutures and staples, blurring and loss of vision, retinal bruising, traumatic iritis, swelling, bruising and scarring.

Scott’s subsequent lawsuit alleged eleven causes of action, asserting both state and federal claims; the case settled on May 19, 2009. Scott was represented by Brooklyn attorney Brett Klein. See: Scott v. City of New York, U.S.D.C. (E.D. NY), Case No. 1:08-cv-00213-RRM-RLM.

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Scott v. City of New York